Bonifay Police Chief voted Employee of the Year

Published: Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at 03:15 PM.

BONIFAY — Bonifay Police Chief Chris Wells was presented a plaque during the regularly scheduled Bonifay City Council meeting on Monday after being voted as the Employee of the Year for 2012.

“Every year the employees of the city vote for an Employee of the year and it is an honor and a privilege to present this to Chris Wells,” said Mayor Lawrence Cloud.

Jim Brook with Opportunity Florida came before the council to discuss a lease agreement to use one of the city’s three towers to further the expansion of Florida Rural Broadband Alliance.

“Opportunity Florida is an economic development organization committed to growing the regional economy working within Calhoun, Franklin, Gadsden, Gulf, Holmes, Jackson, Liberty and Washington counties,” said Brook. “The Florida Rural Broadband Alliance, LLC is a regional collaboration of local governments, community and economic development agencies from rural and economically disadvantaged communities. This is comprised of 15 counties within Florida's Northwest Rural Area of Critical Economic Concern and the South Central Rural Area of Critical Economic Concern.”

Brook explained that the FRBA project is to build a new Middle Mile broadband infrastructure.

“In the middle of 2010 we were approved to receive a $24 million grant with an in-kind match of 30 percent,” he said. “We would have been here sooner to speak with the city of Bonifay sooner, but it became apparent that the original tower we had in mind would not be strong enough to support the system. We then found that one of the three towers in Bonifay would be much more suited for this task.”

Brook explained that this lease agreement would be for five years and there would be no expense to the city and would be pending approval of City Attorney Lucas Taylor.

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